The New Power Couple
Whether or not you are aware of it, you may already be considered part of a power couple. If you have a workout buddy, or you own a business with someone, or do competitive ballroom dancing then you know what it means to be a dynamic duo. But I think it’s time we take a new look at the role of today’s romantic power couple.
The term “supercouple” was coined some time in the early 1980’s and is defined by Wikipedia as popular or financially wealthy, nearly perfect pairings that are widely admired in an intense or obsessive fashion and influence society’s expectations of what a great love story or relationship should be; they may or may not be romantic or high-profile, but are often culturally significant.
It doesn’t say anywhere in there that they should be a positive influence, or a healthy relationship. They just say what a great relationship should be. What should a great relationship be? If I may be so bold, I define great as a relationship where both parties love, trust, and respect each other. It’s people whose romantic life and business life are approached with the same work ethic and passion. Those who are a constant source of support, an endless supply of inspiration, supremely selfless, and show an unyielding commitment to one another.
Given the example shown by today’s so-called power couples, you would think it was defined as power-hungry, jealous, strategic, superficial, convenient, self-serving, competitive, obsessive, and media-crazed people who are constantly trying to out-power each other.
Having tremendous influence is a key factor here. So is magnetism and popularity. This is where our culture has become something of the culprit. What we aspire to is not worth aspiring to. What we think of as influential, magnetic, and powerful is a relationship that breaks up one’s marriage, then refrains from making the union legal (keeping one’s options open), and has several children (some adopted) who share both names. What about how “loyal” we think a wife is when she stands by her man as he admits publicly to having intercourse with numerous women (some prostitutes) and keeping it secret from her for several years. Or, when we are such hopeless romantics that we choose to believe in the staged coupledom that gets exploited by Reality TV.
I challenge today’s power couples (and those who aspire to be), along with their adoring public, to rise above. Let’s take relationships seriously. Love is a gift, and shouldn’t be taken for granted. We can shake off this sense of entitlement and really throw ourselves into creating a balanced and selfless union with our beloved. It is possible and worth the effort, worth what might even feel like work at times. And, for those who allow sub-par treatment – stop tolerating less than the best. I’m not asking you to turn into a prince(ss), but every one deserves to be treated well. As Shakespeare said, “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” Amen brother.Google+